Thursday, September 29, 2011

Apple Crisp Cupcakes

I have this tendency that as soon as I'm done making a dessert, I immediately start thinking of how I can take it to the next level and make it better.  Sometimes I can really drive myself crazy, but this time it totally worked in my favor and yours!  
It all started the last time I made apple crisp.  I took it out of the oven, set it on the counter to cool, and there it was just staring at me.  To be honest with you it just wasn't doing anything for me.  Now don't get me wrong I love a good apple crisp, but after making it about a million times, I needed a change.  I figured it was time for a makeover so I started deconstructing it to see what I could come up with.  As I started snacking on the crisp topping, I realized that the combination of oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar really made the most delicious fall sprinkles.  As soon as sprinkles popped in my head so did cupcakes.  What is it about cupcakes that just instantly makes people happy?  I think it must be that you get your own cute little cake that you don't have to share!  So I thought that all the components of apple crisp paired up with a little piece of happiness could be a really good thing.
The first thing I did was make some cinnamon cupcakes, and while they were cooling I started working on the apple filling.  I made a thick, gooey caramel filling that I hit with some bourbon, I mean this is me we're talking about!  Once the filling cooled a bit I stirred in a peeled and chopped pink lady apple.  I love using pink lady apples in baking, and no it's not because they're called pink lady.  Pink lady apples are sweet enough for snacking, yet firm and tart enough that they hold up beautifully in baking.  Then I baked some crisp topping on a cookie sheet just till it was golden.  After freezing the cupcakes for about 30 minutes so they could firm up, I scooped out the centers and loaded them up with the caramel apple filling.  Then I topped the cupcakes with whipped cream and garnished them with the cooled crisp topping.  Everything in these cupcakes worked really well together.  The cake itself was strong enough to hold the filling, yet still tasted light and airy.  All I'm going to say about the filling is you just need to grab a spoon, it's that good!  The whipped cream was the perfect frosting to accent the cake and filling.  Last but certainly not least, the crisp topping added the perfect crunch, and just that little bit of sparkle that was needed.  I'm pleased to say that this makeover was a complete success!       

Cinnamon Cupcakes
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3/4 cup + 2T. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup AP flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1& 1/2t. baking powder
  • 1/2t. salt
  • 1 & 1/2t. cinnamon
  • 1t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2T. milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs.
  4. Sift dries and add to mixture alternating with milk.
  5. Bake 20-22 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  6. Cool on racks & freeze for 1 hour before filling.
*Yields 12 cupcakes
    Apple Crisp Topping
    • 1/2 cup AP flour
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 1/2t. salt
    • 1t. cinnamon
    • 3/4t. nutmeg
    • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cool
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl.
    3. Cut in butter with your fingers until you have pea sized pieces.
    4. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat or parchment for 15-20 minutes till golden and crisp.
    5. Store in an air-tight container until ready to use.
    Apple Filling
    • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream
    • 3T. unsalted butter
    • 2T. light corn syrup
    • pinch of salt
    • 1T. Bourbon
    • 1 pink lady apple, peeled & chopped
    1. Bring sugar, cream, butter, corn syrup, and salt to a boil and reduce until sauce is really thick and bubbling.
    2. Remove sauce from heat and stir in bourbon.
    3. When sauce cools down stir in chopped apple.
    Whipped Cream
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 2T. powdered sugar
    1. Whip cream at low speed until frothy.
    2. Add sugar and whip at medium-high speed till cream holds peaks.
    3. Use immediately or keep in fridge till ready to use.
    1. Scoop out center of chilled cupcakes.
    2. Fill with boozy apple filling.
    3. Top with whipped cream & garnish with crisp topping.


    1. Wow! I loved the different flavors, cream, apple, cinnamon, and caramel sauce. I'll so going to make it for the kids! And I enjoyed the video too :)

    2. My goodness...I'm incredibly impressed..:)
      Tasty Appetite

    3. Wow, those look delicious. I love the apple filling so much I'd have trouble with scooping out too much of the center of the cupcake. I might not have any cake left, just filling.

      you're right about the crumble working in a cupcake too. It's perfect. Please feel free to stare at completed desserts more often, ok?

    4. Can I tell you I always go away from your blog with a craving for whatever you've made??? These look amazing...and now the apple in the crisper drawer will just not do for my snack ;)

    5. Apple crisp cupcakes OMG it's genius. I love both things even better rolled into one dessert. They look fantastic.

    6. These look so cute and incredibly delicious!! Love your new blog layout as well!! xoxo

    7. oh they look so good, thanks for sharing =))

    8. These sound heavenly :)

    9. Apple crisp and cinnamon cupcakes are a perfect pair. But then you add apple filling and whipped cream. Pure Heaven!

    10. Apple crisp and cinnamon cupcakes are a perfect pair. But then you add apple filling and whipped cream. Pure Heaven!

    11. Yes please!! They look so great and what an idea. Perfection!

    12. Anonymous9/29/2011

      Beautiful and yummy!

    13. Wow, these look seriously incredible! I love how much they have going on :)

    14. Anonymous9/29/2011

      Sounds HEAVENLY. What a perfect fall time treat! Much better than a boring old apple crisp!

    15. I'm thinking the topping would be good for breakfast as is!

    16. Meghan! What a great post! These cupcakes look incredible! And I loved your how-to video! You are so cute with all your pink kitchen accessories! What a great idea to 'deconstruct' a favorite recipe in order to sort out how to put it in a cupcake! Kudos!

    17. My daughter the apple crisp queen is going to love this!

    18. I love this SUPER creative take on a classic apple crisp!

    19. Wow these are so creative and look amazing!

    20. Oh my these sound good! I love the ingenuity behind recreating a crisp in this fashion. So cool!

    21. I love this recipe! You've brought the best things of a parmesan crisp to the sweet side. Genius topper for the most perfect cupcake. I love the fall flavors and can taste it already.

    22. This is such an awesome idea!! I love apple crisp so much and I love the topping you used on these cupcakes! Great recipe!

    23. Hi Miss Buttercream,
      I'd think these would have been good even without the frosting, but I do love overkill. Love those wrappers, i have some for the girls and they get such a kick out of them. Hope you have a great weekend.

    24. Apple Crisp Topping!! I will definately try this one. Very interesting topping!

    25. That IS taking apple crisp to a whole knew level. I love the photos on the overturned bowls - great idea! It makes them look like they're taking center stage, where they belong.

    26. That last photo is so whimsical! I love apple crisp and cupcakes, so it almost goes without saying that I'd love these.

    27. Anonymous9/30/2011

      Sounds terrific and SO creative! I would look at the apple crisp and wonder....where is my spoon?! Thanks for taking it to the next level!

      (the reason I like cupcakes is because they are "gift wrapped")

    28. Congratulations on Top 9!

    29. I absolutely love crisps! These sound wonderful and I can imagine taste so awesome!

    30. Apple crisp=good, cupcakes=good, apple crisp cupcakes=your a genius!!! These are absolutely outstanding. Fabulous job and totally in love with these.

    31. I love that tendancy of yours to constantly improve a good thing, taking it to the next level. Oh boy are these little cakes at the next level!

    32. Apple crisp is my favorite! I love that you have transformed it into a cupcake, these look delicious :)!

    33. I absolutely love that these have an apple filling. They look awesome!

    34. Gorgeous! Delicious! Adore the liners, too.

    35. Thank you to all of you for your sweet comments, & taking the time to watch the video! Happy you all liked the makeover :)

    36. These sound so wonderful, and using the apple crisp for a topping sounds amazing. I think I could really enjoy the "boozy" apple filling!

    37. Anonymous10/15/2011

      That topping looks amazing!